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Physics A Level at Lady Lumley's School

Course description

The AQA Physics A syllabus is one of the most widely followed and easy to understand A-level physics courses available. It is also highly respected by Universities as a course which gives an excellent grounding for those who wish to go onto to study scientific or engineering courses. From 2015, Physics can be studied as either a standalone AS course for one year, or as a full 2 year A-level course. All students will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year, with those going on to the second year of the course sitting further exams, in which the full range of content from across the two years will be examined.

Course content

Whichever option you choose, you will study fascinating topics and carry out engaging practical work throughout the year.

Unit Titles:

1. Measurements and their errors

2. Particles and radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and materials

5. Electricity

6. Further mechanics and thermal physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear physics

9. Turning points in physics

Examination Details:

AS – 2 written papers, each of which is 1hr 30 min

A-Level – 3 written papers, each of which is 2 hours.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘C’ or above in Y10 ‘Core’ and Y11 ‘Additional’ GCSE Science’ (or equivalent ) and also a grade ‘C’ or above in Mathematics. An interest in and willingness to read around the subject area and in other areas of science will enhance your understanding and increase your ability to access many aspects of the course.


Assessment for AS Physics involves 2 written papers examining all AS topics (Topics 1-5) including practical skills and data analysis. Each paper has a weighting of 50% of the AS-level qualification. Assessment for the full A-level involves 3 written papers. Paper 1 examines Topics 1-5 and part of Topic 6, and is worth 34% of the A-level. Paper 2 examines Topics 6-8 and is also worth 34%. Finally, Paper 3 examines practical skills, data analysis, and Topic 9 and is worth 32% of the A-level.

Future opportunities

A GCE qualification in Physics will enable you to consider a wide range of degree and career prospects including business and marketing, accountancy, teaching, finance, IT, computer programming, any form of scientific research and development, scientific journalism and of course particularly any aspect of physics or engineering. Employers value the analytical skills of physicists highly as experience shows them that these can be applied in a surprising variety of ways.

Further information

There is a strong emphasis on guided independent study and research throughout the course. The successful student will be well organised and highly motivated, making good use of private study time to explore further aspects of the syllabus or the subject in general.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Lumley's School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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